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What is the difference between "боля" and "болея"?

The word болеть is the infinitive of two related, yet distinct verbs: болеет "(he) is sick, ill" and болит "(it) hurts, aches". They are different verbs with different meanings, ...
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ничей versus ничьего

Ничей means "no one's". It's a pronominal adjective (местоименное прилагательное), and, as such, has to agree in number, case, and gender with the noun it defines (взор). It is true that ...
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депутат followed by a feminine name

I would like to add one detail to the answers already posted that is often forgotten. The correct way to form a feminitives is the ending “ца” or “ка”: депутатка, авторка, певица, учительница. ...
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What does "что" mean in the proverb "Людская молва — что морская волна"?

In this example, что is a conjunction meaning "like, similar to" (see meaning 2 in Wiktionary). In this meaning, что is only used in grand style discourse (poetry, speeches, proverbs and ...
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When to add "-вши" suffix to perfective adverbial participles (gerunds)?

But are the "short" and "not short" forms interchangeable, or is there some rule that dictates when to/not to use the "short" form? -ши is required for reflexive verbs (...
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Can a prepositional phrase precede ли?

Yes, as far as the ли positioning rule is concerned, "у неё" counts as a single unit. Your sentence as it is doesn't make much sense ("He knows whether she has the ticket"). It ...
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When to add "-вши" suffix to perfective adverbial participles (gerunds)?

We are talking about деепричастия совершенного вида. Написав письмо, Игорь отнес его на почту. Написавши грамоту, князь Игорь отдал ее гонцу. Can you see the difference? In modern Russian the majority ...
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